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Trainee mechanics meet, greet Minister

Training Minister Peter Styles meets apprentice mechanics Darren Wauchope and Kayla Williams in the automotive workshop Training Minister Peter Styles meets apprentice mechanics Darren Wauchope and Kayla Williams in the automotive workshop

Twenty apprentice mechanics put their tools and text books aside for a few minutes to say g’day to Employment and Training Minister Peter Styles, who made a courtesy call to Casuarina campus last week.

The apprentices, who are being fast-tracked through their automotive apprenticeship via a partnership with Shell, impressed the minister with their focus and commitment.

“The young Territorians here today have some big dreams,” he said.

“It is so inspiring to meet them and hear how the Shell Prelude Project is beginning to change their lives.”

CDU, the Department of Business and GTNT worked with Shell to develop the employment and training program, which got underway in January.

The program employs 20 Territorians as apprentice mechanics and supports their training through the first year of their apprenticeship, which will be completed in six months.

Participants attend CDU, complete work placements with local employers and are supported by work-based projects at the university.

Mr Styles said mechanics was a skills shortage area in the Territory and an occupation that underpinned the delivery of most major projects.

“It is expected that mechanics will be subject to increased demand in coming years, and will be a core contributor to the ongoing operation of the onshore marine supply base and associated activities,” he said.

“Shell Prelude has invested $400,000, and the Northern Territory Government matched the figure to fund the employment and training program.”